Hmm, in a way it's like that I guess. My view of it is more like sub-contracting with ECC-GS who is the prime consultant for security services. Though I'm not quite sure how they'll have to do that or have the paperwork written for that to work properly.
If you haven't already, you might want to glance at the ECCGS website: here
. They have some information there (but keep in mind this is still a newly formed group).
Also recently formed was the LPT Governing Board
to oversee LPT designations and so forth. I think we'll see some good things coming from this group in the future as well as the other boards
. Specifically, I expect the LPT to gain more acceptance throughout the industry as the board makes their changes and as EC-Council becomes fully ANSI accredited (which they are in the process of doing now).
As for the certs holding credibility, I think they have certainly helped me. Hopefully some other CEH holders can share their experiences as well - I'm still fairly early on in my career.
I can say that they definitely played a role in getting me promoted at my previous position and they surely caught the interest of the people interviewing me for my current job - I'm not directly doing penetration testing (I'm in more of a system admin role) but they noticed the security certifications and thought the knowledge would be beneficial.
Like I said earlier, I don't have any personal experience with CPTS/CPTE (in fact, the only person I'm aware that I know that holds one of these is Chris Gates - maybe he'll chime in about it), but I definitely think that the CEH stands out more than either of those.
You certainly didn't come across offensive and I respect criticism, but I will obviously question or challenge any comments as needed
Hopefully my rambling gave you what you were looking for, but if not feel free to keep asking until I get it right